Re: Should the ASP loophole be fixed? (Re: The Affero license)
> On Fri, Mar 07, 2003 at 04:33:12PM -0500, David Turner wrote:
> > The idea is that users of a program
> > ought to be able to get the source code for that program. Users these
> > days often use a program without ever having recieved a copy of it.
> > Nobody thought of this in 1991. But times are changing.
On Fri, 7 Mar 2003, John Goerzen wrote:
> People that telnetted in to central servers, I think, fell into this
> category even then.
Heck, leave telnet out of it. People have used software they don't have a
copy of since forever. I'd guess vending machines might be the earliest
This isn't a new problem to be addressed. And the underlying debate has
nothing to do with networking technologies. The questions are:
1) can software that forces a recipient to distribute it to non-recipient
users still be considered free?
2) even if it can be considered free, is it worth the incredible hassle to
recipients to add such a demand?
My answers are "no" and "no".
Mark Rafn firstname.lastname@example.org <http://www.dagon.net/>